Detailed Mediation process
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Mediation puts you in the driver's seat of conflict resolution.
Mediators are neutral facilitators. We guide open, confidential discussions, helping you craft your own agreement, not one forced upon you. This process preserves your autonomy, provides a shield of privacy, and spurs efficient resolutions. Mediation is typically faster and less costly than court proceedings or self-adjudication, making it a smart choice both personally and financially.
Here, you control the outcome, contributing to long-term satisfaction and preventing future disputes.
Getting in Touch
It all starts with a single phone call or email. Two parties or more are at odds. One of them (or all of them) thinks litigation is not the right option to solve their dispute. They usually give me a call or organize an intro session to discuss the issue.
Together, we determine whether mediation is the right solution for you and how to make it happen.
Then, if all parties are willing to give it a shot, we meet in a kick-off session where we make sure everyone agrees to mediation and understands the rules.
Mediation is confidential. Everything that is said in mediation cannot be used in later legal proceedings.
Conducting the mediation
We will meet once or multiple times for mediation sessions.
The length of those sessions varies depending on multiple factors: we can set a limit to the length of each session, or we can decide that the session will last as long as necessary to solve a given issue. In short: it depends on your needs.
Generally speaking, there is no set number of mediation sessions required to solve a problem unless agreed otherwise. Here again, it depends on factors such as: how conflictive the group is, how open to mediation people are, or how complex the issue is -and, of course, how talented the mediator is!
We can meet online or onsite. Meeting in person is always preferable but I understand it is not always possible for everyone.
The outcomes of mediation
What mediation does, and why it works.
A successful mediation can have different outcomes. Ideally, the parties come to an agreement that they formalize as an enforceable contract between them. Research shows that people are more likely to enforce the terms of their agreements when they designed it themselves in mediation -as opposed to court-issued rulings.
However, a successful mediation can also mean that no agreement is reached during our session but after. Quite often, the mediation is an opportunity for the parties to re-establish contact and learn non-violent communication and collaborative problem-solving. Parties will sometimes leave the mediation without a deal, and work out their own deal some time later.
If that is your case, I encourage you to reach back to me and tell me about it.
Unlike negotiation services, mediation pricing needs to be adjusted to your specific dispute.
Upon first contact with me, I will tell you my base rate and adjust it depending on the length and complexity of your situation, but also on your budget.
Families in distress do not have the same needs and financial means than, say, a very large company in dispute with its suppliers.